New frog species discovered in Western Ghats, named after former DU vice-chancellor

Source: Indian Express

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A team of Delhi University researchers has discovered a new frog species in the Western Ghats and has named it “Minervarya Pentali”.

Minervarya Pentali - a new frog species
Source – Indian Express
About Minervarya Pentali:
  • Minervarya Pentali is a new frog species from the genus Minervarya. It is also among the smallest known Minervarya frogs.
  • The species was discovered from the Western Ghats. The species is endemic to the southern Western Ghats.
  • The species has been named after former DU Vice-Chancellor and plant geneticist Deepak Pental.
About Minervarya:
  • Minervarya is a genus of frogs in the family Dicroglossidae. The identity and taxonomic status of all known members of this genus are from Peninsular India.
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